gary kostka
Gary A. Kostka, 64, of Weirton, WV, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, with his wife by his side at Valley Hospice Care Center North in Steubenville, OH. Born September 3, 1953, in Steubenville, Oh, Gary was the son of the late Walter and Margaret Kovach Kostka. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Andrew and Catherine Kook Kostka; maternal grandparents William and Elizabeth Fello Kovach; father in law and mother in law Samuel J. and Martha Sharrow; brother in law, Richard Sharrow; sister in law, Patricia Sharrow Billcheck; uncle, Dr. Robert Kostka; aunt, Sylvia Vulcanoff, niece, Laurie Vaughn Blaschalk, and his beloved Coonie the cat. Gary met his wife on a blind date and they were married a year and four months later on June 2, 1980. Debbie worked at Ohio Valley Hospital and Gary worked as a millwright for many years and retired from ArcelorMittal as a pipefitter in the tin mill. He was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church and the Weirton Steel 25 Year Club. Gary enjoyed traveling with his wife to tropical destinations and street rod shows, listening to music, painting, and was an avid reader of autobiographies and history. He enjoyed playing a weekly round of golf with his buddies Phil, Jack and John and even had a hole in one at Highland Springs Golf Course. Gary will be remembered with love by his wife, Debbie A. Sharrow Kostka; sister, Karen A. Olszewski and her husband Robert of Follansbee, WV; sister in law, Mary Jane Stone Sharrow of Weirton; nieces and nephews Megan and Lance (Rebecca) Olszewski , Kristy Sharrow Anderson, David Vaughn, Tom Billcheck, Martha Billcheck-Welsh, Rick, Joe and Steve Sharrow and numerous other nieces and nephews; aunt, Bette Kostka and his furry feline friends Alley Cat, Helen, Blackie and Lukie. Private visitation and services were held at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Rev. Fr. Larry Dorsch presided. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the eighth floor at Weirton Medical Center, Life Line Hospital and Valley Hospice Care Center North for their care and friendship. A special thank you to Dr. Brijinder Kochhar for his support and for caring so much about Gary. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Church, 140 Walnut Street, Weirton WV 26062 or Hancock County Animal Shelter, 715 Gas Valley Road, New Cumberland WV 26047. Share tributes and memories with Gary’s family at 304-748-3219

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  1. I am so very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I met Gary in the early 70’s, when we both started working at Weirton Steel. We always worked with or near each other for 30+ yrs, until his retirement. I can’t tell you how many laughs we had over the yrs. Gary was a very quick witted guy, who could really catch your attention. I will miss him dearly. Even though we only associated at work, I was proud to call him my friend.
    Gary Sagun

  2. Gary was my next door neighbor for many many years. He was always friendly and kind. He and his wife Debbie would let me sit on their porch as a little girl and listen to my stories. I always enjoyed going inside to visit all their cute kittens. They treated my family like family and he will be greatly missed. My prayers to Debbie and her family. Rest In Peace Gary.

  3. Rick: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you & your family in my prayers and may God help you guys at this painful time of your life.

  4. Hi Debbie,
    So sorry, I know how much you loved Gary and took good care of him. I will always remember him as a good looking guy that loved to have a good time!

  5. Debbie: I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. May your memories of the time you both shared be a comfort to you. May he rest in peace …………..Former classmate Victoria KOPEC Davis

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